Business of Law

  • October 10, 2019

    PIMCO Atty Slams 'Fraternity Culture' In Discrimination Suit

    A Pacific Investment Management Co. in-house attorney says the firm's "fraternity culture" routinely discriminates against women — particularly women of color — while promoting and advancing the interests of white men, according to a suit filed in California state court.

  • October 10, 2019

    Amid Turmoil, Nissan Names New Legal Head

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has replaced its legal department head, who cooperated with Japanese prosecutors before the 2018 arrest of the company's former chairman amid misconduct claims, with a longtime executive of the business, the automaker said this week.

  • October 10, 2019

    Law360's The Term: Gorsuch Surprises On Title VII

    On this episode of The Term, the team breaks down the U.S. Supreme Court’s first full week in session for the 2019-2020 term, including some surprises during oral arguments about discrimination protections for LGBTQ workers.

  • October 10, 2019

    Trump Ordered To Give Dems More Bush-Era Kavanaugh Docs

    A D.C. federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Thursday to nearly double the number of records it's providing per month to Senate Democrats seeking documents related to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush White House.

  • October 10, 2019

    Former Pfizer In-House Atty New GC At Cannabis Brand

    California cannabis brand Lowell Herb Co. announced Thursday the appointment of Stacey Hallerman, who previously worked for Pfizer and the luxury goods holding company Richemont, to the position of general counsel and chief administrative officer.

  • October 10, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Quinn Emanuel reigned supreme this week on the legal lions list, winning a Second Circuit opinion allowing its clients to engage in extraterritorial discovery, while Morgan Lewis ended up among the legal lambs after its client Johnson & Johnson was hit with an $8 billion product liability verdict.

  • October 10, 2019

    Court Sees Breach But No Damages In Miami Firm Dissolution

    A Florida state judge has ruled that three former Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderín partners are entitled to collect attorney fees for litigation with their former partner over the Miami boutique's 2018 breakup, despite concluding that they breached their operating agreement by unilaterally dissolving the firm.

  • October 10, 2019

    Ex-Quinn Emanuel Partner Opens Boutique Firm In London

    A former Quinn Emanuel white collar partner who left the BigLaw firm earlier this year has launched a London-based boutique shop specializing in financial crime and compliance.

  • October 10, 2019

    DLA Piper's Arbitration Policy Draws Fire From Law Students

    A Harvard Law School student activist group is ratcheting up pressure on DLA Piper to nix its mandatory arbitration program after a female partner accused the BigLaw giant of punishing her because she reported being sexually assaulted by a practice group leader.

  • October 10, 2019

    Giuliani Associates Get Bail After Campaign Finance Arrests

    Two associates of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani were granted bail Thursday after being charged with campaign finance violations alongside two other men in an indictment that alleges attempts to gain influence in the U.S. for Ukrainian officials and a Russian businessman.

  • October 09, 2019

    Strine Calls For Sweeping Corporate Overhaul As Term Wanes

    With only a few weeks left in an eventful two decades on the nationally important Delaware bench, retiring Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. has called for a sweeping overhaul of American corporate governance, aimed at countering what he sees as failures to expand long-term investment, sustainable business practices and fair sharing of gains with workers.

  • October 09, 2019

    Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: 9 Cases To Watch

    Nothing says Fall is here quite like the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term. Here are the major cases that could mean big changes for the business world.

  • October 09, 2019

    Split Trial Likely In Dentons' $10M Fee Fight With Guinea

    A long-stalled suit filed by Dentons more than five years ago seeking $10 million in fees from the Republic of Guinea got a jump-start Wednesday when a federal judge told lawyers to come up with potential trial dates as early as this winter.

  • October 09, 2019

    EY Law Leads Big 4 Among Global Alternative Legal Brands

    The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to make gains as the most well-known alternative legal service brands around the world, with EY Law eclipsing PwC as the strongest brand not from a law firm, according to a survey released Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.

  • October 09, 2019

    Jones Day Pans 'Inflammatory' Allegations In Sex Bias Suit

    The latest version of a gender discrimination suit by female former Jones Day associates tacks on allegations that range from being “redundant” to “merely inflammatory," the BigLaw powerhouse said, urging a D.C. federal judge to pare down their proposed class and collective action. 

  • October 09, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Wolf Greenfield's Tim Oyer

    Tim Oyer has served as president and managing partner of intellectual property boutique Wolf Greenfield since 2007. He spoke to Law360 about how the firm recruits scientists to the practice of law and his mantra when it comes to finding and retaining talent.

  • October 08, 2019

    Sen. Harris Criticizes DLA Piper's Forced Arbitration Policy

    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Tuesday criticized DLA Piper, where her husband is a partner, over the firm's policy of requiring employees to arbitrate employment-based legal claims, after an attorney for an accuser urged the presidential candidate to condemn the practice.

  • October 08, 2019

    Feeling The Pain From A Divided Supreme Court Ruling

    What happens when a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices can’t agree? Law360 takes you inside the fallout of a plurality ruling.

  • October 08, 2019

    Citgo Petroleum Hires Former BP Atty As Legal VP

    Citgo Petroleum Corp. has named as its vice president of legal and government affairs a former longtime BP attorney who held roles for the oil and gas company in Ohio, Texas and London, the company said Tuesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Law Students Urged To Take On Legal Industry Disability Bias

    Law students can play a big role in breaking through bias and misconceptions in the legal industry about professionals with disabilities, a group of mental health and legal industry experts said Tuesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Baker Botts' Large Enviro Platform Lures 9 Katten Attys

    The new members of Baker Botts' environmental and workplace safety practice say the firm's larger platform will enable them to help clients grapple with increased regulatory scrutiny in the aftermath of accidents at industrial facilities and assist with the development of incident response plans.

  • October 07, 2019

    Dentons To Combine With 2 US Firms In 13th Tie-Up This Year

    Dentons said Monday that it is planning to combine with two midsize U.S. law firms, the latest in a long string of recent tie-ups for the legal giant.

  • October 07, 2019

    Amazon, Law Firms Partner In New 'IP Accelerator' Program

    Amazon.com Inc. has announced that it is partnering with law firms in a new program called "IP Accelerator," which aims to provide intellectual property protection to sellers that use participating firms to help with their trademark-related legal needs.

  • October 07, 2019

    Precedent And The Roberts Court In 4 Charts

    Every U.S. Supreme Court nominee vows to be guided by stare decisis. But respect for precedent rarely seems so straightforward once their title changes to “justice.”

  • October 07, 2019

    Alito Makes Crack About Liberals' Lectures On Precedent

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. lightly chided his liberal colleagues at oral arguments Monday in a case from a convicted Louisiana murder defendant seeking to overturn precedent, pointing out that "last term, the majority was lectured pretty sternly in a couple of dissents about the importance of stare decisis," the Latin term for respecting precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Create Content Decision Makers Will Read

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    According to our recent survey, the one simple attribute that attracts both in-house counsel and C-suite executives to content is utility, but it’s also clear that both groups define utility differently and prefer different content types, says John Corey of Greentarget.

  • Opinion

    Limits Of Justice System Prevent Scrutiny Of Gender Bias

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    A Jane Doe plaintiff’s recent decision to no longer remain a named plaintiff in a sex discrimination class action against Jones Day, in order to avoid risks of disclosing her identity, speaks volumes about the structural challenges that allow discrimination to persist in some of our country’s most powerful business sectors, says Joseph Abboud at Katz Marshall.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Can And Should Protect Its Reputation

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    This month’s controversy surrounding alleged financial misrepresentations by Burford Capital underlines the need for litigation financiers to unite in educating the public about the value of litigation finance, lest opportunists use cases like this to disparage the industry as a whole, says Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • US V. Craig And The Criminalization Of Nondisclosure

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    A D.C. federal court's recent decision in United States v. Greg Craig highlights important points about the contours of a concealment charge under the false statements statute — under which silence can be criminal — and indicates that deliberate engagement with a governmental unit can itself impose a duty to disclose, say Eric Nitz and Emily Damrau of MoloLamken.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.

  • Opinion

    Changing Ethics Rules Is Key To Law Firm Innovation

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    As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of ​​​​​​​Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.

  • National Coordinating Counsel: Key To Virtual Mass Tort Team

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    The national coordinating counsel is at the helm of both the design and execution of the virtual law team, providing case leadership and subject matter expertise, and ensuring consistency and efficiency throughout a mass tort litigation, say attorneys at Sidley Austin and FaegreBD.

  • Calif. Justices Create Arbitration Compromise Conundrum

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    The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heimlich v. Shivji leaves parties in arbitration that made or intend to make an offer to compromise under Section 998 of the California Civil Procedure Code with difficult choices regarding when and how to notify arbitrators about existing offers, say Daniel Rozansky and Crystal Jonelis at Stubbs Alderton.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.

  • A Litigator’s Reflections From The Arbitrator’s Chair

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinions this term in Henry Schein and Lamps Plus remind us of the fundamental difference between arbitration and litigation. Yet, as a commercial litigator who serves as a neutral arbitrator, I have observed that experienced litigators often fail to adapt their approach in arbitration, says Paula Litt at Honigman.

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